What is every Manchester United fan’s biggest fear?
Having to rely and support Liverpool football club is surely high up on the list. Supporting/cheering on Liverpool against Chelsea is a sickening thought; I will be having a shower after the match to rid the dirty feeling… 🙂
Will Liverpool roll over? There has been a mixed response from Liverpool fans on the radio this week. Many cannot bear the thought of aiding United to a record breaking 19th and 4th in a row league title. While others having a growing dislike to Chelsea (as a result of Champions League games involving the two clubs) and would like to win their final home game of the season.
Although delighted Liverpool were knocked out against Atletico Madrid we obviously could have done without extra time. I didn’t watch the match but apparently the Liverpool players looked dead on their feet – not good! Liverpool are at their best when pressing ball, with Mascherano and Lucas in the face of the opposition. Will Liverpool players have the desire and appetite to put in another shift in what is a meaningless game?
Saturday’s results could not have been any worse for United. Before yesterday, Liverpool had an outside chance of finishing fourth but after victories for City and Spurs, Liverpool have virtually have no chance now. Everton’s draw against Stoke guarantee’s Liverpool a Europa League spot and takes away any inner city rivalry for Liverpool to fight for.
Perhaps crucially Chelsea play their match before United. When Paul Scholes scored the late winner in the Manchester derby it was a real body blow to Chelsea and it was telling in their performance against Spurs later that evening. Ideally, the perfect scenario would be for us to play first, beat Sunderland piling pressure on Chelsea. If Chelsea defeat Liverpool I doubt we will be as mentally weak, not with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.
Sunderland should not be taken for granted. Bent has scored 25 goals this season and is perhaps unlucky not to be mentioned in regards of World Cup squad considering the lack of English forward options. In the reverse fixture United were somewhat fortunate to draw 2-2 with a last minute equalizer. However, at that stage Sunderland were flying and playing their best football of the season.
The return of Wayne Rooney is a massive boost for the team and us fans. I hope we play a 4-4-2 formation with Berbatov alongside Rooney up front. I’d start with the same midfield as which started against Spurs – Valencia, Scholes, Fletcher and Nani.
Right back is a position I’ve discussed quite often since starting blog. Overall Rafael had a good game but a mental lapse could have cost us dearly. I have no problem with players making mistakes if mistakes are learned from. Today, should Neville start? I’m undecided, his experience could be vital.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
Sunderland 0 Manchester United 3
For Chelsea to drop points, Liverpool will have to score first. Liverpool may not have the fight or energy to fight back if they concede the first goal following their defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Judgement Day in the Premier League! Whisper it quietly “Come on Liverpool”